Mega Stars, Indie Producers at Sonoma Film Fest

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By M.L. Hilton

(SONOMA VALLEY, CA) -- Do you hear the word “indie” when it comes to filmmaking and shudder, afraid that you will be forced to sit through some plodding documentary or worse, something created strictly in the effort to educate you about something you have no interest in?

If you answered yes to the above, it may be time you re-evaluated your regular cinema experience, put aside your preconceived ideas, and explore the fascinating and entertaining world of film festivals.

I mean let’s face it. When was the last time you were able to consistently attend your multiplex’s regular fare and leave satisfied both by the entertainment experience and the money you spent?

Even the stars are starting to feel that way.

New independent films featuring Danny Glover, Nick Nolte, Marisa Tomei, John Goodman, Mary Steenburgen, Danny DeVito, William Hurt (and I can go on) are being shown as part of Cinema Epicura – the 9th annual Sonoma Valley Film Festival. A number of the stars themselves are attending the screenings, galas, awards ceremonies and gourmet food and wine tastings.

The festival starts next week – April 5 through 9, and online sales end on Wednesday, April 5. Do you have your tickets? I do.

Seventy-five films in five days. It is better than On Demand. Get off your couch and enter a world of fantasies, emotions, clashes, and cultures you will never get at home.

Festival At a Glance

Buy your festival passes, and exclusive experiences online (hey, rubbing elbows with the glitterati and bone fide stars doesn’t come at the price of a chili cookoff). Prices go up April 1, so you really should make up your mind today.

If you are limited on time and funds, day passes are $50 and individual filmings $10 each. Remember, each screening has food and wine tastings.

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